Some key names were missing, but two familiar starters returned to the Seahawks practice field Wednesday afternoon.
Center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant did not practice due to concussions. Both must pass several medical tests before they can be cleared to play Sunday in Atlanta.
Fullback Derrick Coleman is still dealing with a hamstring injury. Defensive lineman Jordan Hill did not practice due to a bicep injury which nagged him at the tail end of training camp. Safety Jeron Johnson’s hamstring injury has improved and he was full go in Wednesday’s workout.
Running back Marshawn Lynch was a limited participant to once again rest his knee. Right tackle Breno Giacomini returned to practice on a limited basis after missing several games due to knee surgery. Coach Pete Carroll said it’s not likely Giacomini will play against the Falcons this weekend.
Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung practiced for the first time since early September when he tore ligaments in his big toe. Okung is not eligible to come off Seattle’s Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list this week.
It’s looking more likely Percy Harvin will return for the Minnesota home game. Trainers have continued to work him hard one day, and give his surgically repaired hip time off the next day.
Pete Carroll reinforced a long term recovery plan for Harvin in this statement.
“I think it’s just a matter of time. We feel confident the surgery went very well. He’s (Percy) working diligently to get it done, we just have to do it right because we want him to finish the season with us and not have this be an issue.”
A couple Washington Husky teammates will be reunited in Sunday’s game. Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse will try to get open against the Falcons rookie corner Desmond Trufant. Kearse says their rivalry started in 4th grade during junior football games in the Tacoma area, then continued at UW.